Too much of this toxic ingredient will rob your health
Mar 29, 2022
Why is this happening? Are people all over the world simply over-eating? The answer lies in the makeup of the food that is now available to us.
Here are nine (of the many) items that people commonly consume that are high in sugar...
- Cereal - Honey Nut Cheerios is one of the most popular cereals on the market today. On the website, they list the nutrition facts. The serving size they use is 29 g. Every 29g has 9 g of sugar. Is a 29 g serving size realistic? Not really. A typical bowl of cereal is probably close to 120 g. But for the sake of this argument let's say it's 100 g. A 100 g bowl of cereal would contain 376 calories and a whopping 33 g of sugar. That's without adding any milk. Is Honey Nut Cheerios typical of all cereal? Let's take a look at Kellogg's Frosted Flakes. 100 g of Frosted Flakes contains 369 calories and 35 g of sugar. 100 g of Kellogg's Special K which is not known for being overly sugary fairs better at 378 calories and 12 g of sugar.
- Muffins and donuts - An extra large (168 g) blueberry muffin contains 633 calories and 55 g of sugar. A large (67 g) chocolate donut contains 303 calories and 18 g of sugar.
- Yogurt - People love Yogurt because of its flexibility. You can eat straight out of the container, use it as a substitute in recipes, mix it with fruit and so on. But as usual, when something tastes great, it comes with a price. For example, a Yoplait Original Blueberry one serving size (170 g) contains 27 g of sugar. If you type in "yogurt nutrition" into Google and select "Yogurt, frozen, vanilla" it lists the sugar level at 24 g per 100 g.
- Sweetened Coffee - A Dunkin' Donuts extra large (24 fluid oz/709 mL) regular (cream and sugar) coffee contains 320 calories and 44 g of sugar. A Starbucks Vanilla Latte Venti size with non-fat milk has 250 calories and 45 g of sugar. A Tim Horton's extra large (678 mL or 22.9 oz) regular coffee (cream and sugar) contains 159 calories and 18 g of sugar.
- Milkshakes - A chocolate shake from Dairy Queen (with Maraschino Cherry, chocolate and whipped topping) contains 900 calories and 128 g of sugar.
- Fruit Smoothies - A Jamba Juice large Banana Berry Smoothie contains 510 calories and 106 g of sugar.
- Soda and Energy Drinks - A 12 fl oz (369 g) can of coke contains 140 calories and 39 g of sugar. A 12 fl oz can of Red Bull contains 168 calories and 37 g of sugar.
- Fruit Drinks - One 12 fl oz can of Sunkist Grape Soda contains 170 calories and 44 g of sugar.
- Frozen Dinners - A Hungry Man Boneless Fried Chicken Dinner with Mash Potatoes, Corn, and a Chocolate Brownie has 820 calories and 22 g of sugar.
If you start off your day with a 100 g bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios (33 g of sugar) grab an extra large Dunkin Donuts coffee on the way into work (44 g of sugar) and a large blueberry muffin (55 g of sugar) then at break have a Yoplait Original Blueberry (27 g of sugar) and a can of Coke (39 g of sugar) it adds up to a total of 198 g of sugar. That's nearly eight times the U.S. daily recommended amount of sugar for women and approximately five times the U.S. daily recommended amount of sugar for men....and you haven't even had lunch and dinner yet.
And while the above might be an extreme example, I think you can see just how easy it is to consume over the U.S. government's recommended daily sugar intake level of 25 g for women and 37.5 g for men.
The bottom line is to protect your future health and the health of the people you love, you must pay attention to how much sugar you're consuming each day. If you don't, you could pay a heavy price health wise as you get older.